Wood & Wire

Wood & Wire

Gar Clemens

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

Tickets at the Door

Wood & Wire
Wood & Wire
It's been five years now since Wood & Wire sprouted out of the rich musical soil of
Austin, Texas. In that time, they've written music, recorded albums, and performed at
some of the most notable festivals and venues across the country.
In the often tightly defined genre of bluegrass music, Wood & Wire's ethos is not
unheard of. Nor are the elements of song crafting, so often associated with their Texas
home, that permeate their sound. That said, what comes out of the Wood & Wire
blender is something entirely its own. Tony Kamel -- leader singer, guitarist, mover,
shaker, and primary songwriter -- brings his material to the group in a malleable form,
and the results are illimitable. "I think I'm most proud of how we've developed our sound
together," says Kamel. "It feels great to step on stage feeling like we've really found our
own style."
A culmination of very distinct musical personalities, there's one ambition they all share:
"Our goal is to show up and drive, so that the energy hits you, and it's undeniable," says
bassist Dom Fisher.
Fisher, a New York state native, formed the group with Kamel in 2011. Shortly
thereafter, the addition of banjoist Trevor Smith, says Fisher, "really put us on a different
Smith, who had been playing music with Fisher, Kamel and other local musicians at a
weekly bluegrass gig in Austin, actually grew up playing classical piano. After attending
his first bluegrass festival, he picked up his main instrument, the banjo. "I was perplexed
by the sound of it, and I had to figure it out," says Smith. "We're rooted in traditional
bluegrass but don't limit ourselves to any perceived notion of what that's supposed to
be. We do our own thing, and we realize that vision collectively."
Mandolinist Billy Bright joined the group in 2014. Bright brought with him a suitcase full
of tunes and a trunk full of ideas."Billy really rounded us out in a big way" says Fisher.
"We're really excited to finally make a studio record with him."
The band will begin doing just that in the fall of 2016, along with continuing to explore
the next installment of its one mic-style Woodshed Sessions, on which the band intends
to draw heavily from the book of John Hartford.
"We're fortunate to have reached both die-hard bluegrass fans, folks who have never
heard of bluegrass, and everything in between," says Kamel. "We'll keep working hard
to bring the music to our fans."
Gar Clemens
Gar Clemens
A voice with a roughly cracking break to it. The ever slightest twang. Not overdone, but just enough grit to make you feel the words. That’s Gar Clemens.

Gar has that restrained confidence in his singing and arrangement style. Its the sound that catches your ear when you enter a room and washes over you to let you know that this bar was the right one to stumble into as he elicits your body to sway to the steady rhythm and guitar. This is the good stuff folks. Listen up and raise a glass.
Venue Information:
Local 506
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516